Fire erupts on Oregon border as fire season heats up

Fire erupts on Oregon border as fire season heats up
The Dutch Fire from the air.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Fire officials expected 700 people to be on scene to fight the Dutch fire on the Oregon/California border by Monday morning.

Plans called for establishment of a command post at a rest area located where the Klamath River meets Interstate 5.

The current estimate is over 525 acres for the fire burning on the Klamath National Forest, about 9 miles west of I-5 ands a mile from Gottville, Calif.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Hand crews, fire engines, bulldozers, air tankers and helicopters worked the Dutch Fire over the weekend, and ground forces continued through the night in an effort to construct fire line around the perimeter of the fire, according to fire managers. | Photo Gallery

The entire fire now has some fire line either directly or indirectly around the perimeter but there are many acres within containment lines that have not burned, fire managers said.

There are approximately seven structures along Dutch Creek. No evacuations are currently in place, and structural protection fire engines are patrolling along the Dutch Creek Road.

Other Oregon wildfires
The Buckhorn Fire burning along the John Day River in Central Oregon is now 100 percent contained at just under 4,600 acres.

Firefighters halted the growth of the Drinkingwater Fire in Northeastern Oregon at 30 acres. The lightning-caused fire was creeping through alpine trees since Thursday.